Minnesota Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine has proven over the past two years that he’s the best dunker in the NBA right now. His back-to-back Slam Dunk Contest victories and ferocious throw-downs are proof of insane acrobatic abilities that remind fans of Vince Carter and Dominique Wilkins in their primes.
He’s also dominant when it comes to FanClash, a site where sports fans compete in 10-question sports trivia contests to win cash and prizes. LaVine—who’s a Featured Host for FanClash’s Slam Dunk Trivia night March 9 from 9-10 p.m. EST—sat down with us to talk about what goes through his mind prior to lift-off for a slam, how he got involved with his charity to help the hearing impaired and why he’s ready to take on your best shot in FanClash trivia.
Uproxx: So I know you’re hosting a featured event for FanClash Trivia on Wednesday, March 9, can you talk about that a little bit?
Zach LaVine: “It’s just going to be a lot of fun, seeing people communicate with me outside of just basketball, having a friendly gamesmanship and playing some trivia games, so it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
UP: Are you pretty stoked to interact with the fans and see who has the best sports knowledge out there?
ZL: “Yeah, I know there are a lot of people out there who know their stuff, but, if there’s one person I wouldn’t want to go up against, it’s my dad. If he got on there, you know, he might just win it all. If there are more people like that out there, then I’m going to be kind of scared. I’ve got to watch out for them.”
UP: One of the cool things about FanClash is that it pits friends and their sports knowledge against one another. Is that something that you’ve always done with buddies?
ZL: “Oh, yeah, I do it all the time. Like I said, me and my dad have done it for a long time and we get family members involved, too, basically on a daily basis.”
UP: I know that the FanClash event is benefitting your charity The Metro Deaf School in Minneapolis. How important is that for you to continue to spread the good work you’re doing?
ZL: “It’s just a lot of fun and I’m really glad that they get to be involved with that. I took sign language in high school, so I’ve been involved with that community for a while now. It’s just really cool to have them involved, help them out and to benefit them.”